October 2016

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Double, double, no toil, no trouble.

Happy Hallowe’en, everyone. This year, I’ve decided to go out as a shaggy-bearded tramp who roams through distant lands in his camper van. Our second night in Auckland was our first night in the camper van and it was a huge step up from our hostel experience. We took the eastern coast north of Auckland […]

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Kia Ora, New Zealand!

We have arrived in New Zealand. After 21 hours of transit from Japan (Fukuoka to Manilla, Manilla to Cairns and Cairns to Auckland), we were more than happy to get to the Auckland airport and have our belongings x-rayed and scanned for biological invaders (especially our tent, which at this point is definitely a biohazard […]

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Sayonara!

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Highlights from Shikoku

We spend three days biking from Takamatsu to Matsuyama (where our next ferry leaves) and are a little disappointed in the road conditions on the island that is supposed to be quiet and picturesque. We are heading through the industrial heartland where the big trucks go back and forth and it is harder going than […]

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Shodo Island

We couldn’t stay in Himeji forever, despite the great hospitality, and a couple weeks earlier (worried about making it all the way to Fukuoka in time), we had decided to ferry south to Shikoku, via Shodo Island, bike along the northern coast, and then take another ferry across to Kyushu (two of Japan’s smaller but […]

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Himeji: Home to Friends and Fugu

Leaving Osaka, compared to the expectations we had about biking through the city to Kobe, was a breeze. The primary barrier was now people and not cars; the sidewalks were generally crowded with humans and we were trying to be considerate as we rode along the sidewalks. Getting to Kobe happened rather quickly. We stopped […]

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Through the Heart of Kansai: Osaka

After a nice sleep in and taking advantage of late check out from the love hotel, we were off to Osaka. Attempting to navigate our way along bike paths and rivers, the route we found was mostly flat and off any major roads. Sometimes the bike paths would abruptly stop and we’d be back in […]

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Making A Nara Escape

Did you know that Nara is considered a National Treasure to the Japanese? Rightly so: it’s full of ancient temples and palaces and was once the capital of Japan. Did you know that this “national treasure” status also makes it illegal to camp in the wild anywhere in the parks? Because we didn’t. OK, to […]

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The Ninja Road to Nara

We’re pretty behind on these posts! As anyone really in regular contact with us knows, we’re actually now in Fukuoka at the last stop of our trip! You can check out the detailed routes we took to get here by following me on Strava here. We’re trying to get caught up with the writing but […]

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Oh Me, Oh Mie, Oh My.

On our new friends’ recommendations, the next day from Hamatsu, we head to the little village of Nukumorinomori, which was based on the Miyazaki film “My Friend Totoro.” Unfortunately it was closed that day (our luck), but it was still fun to prance around and take some photos.   We then head to Laka Hamana, […]

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